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The Little Engine that Could...

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“This post is part of the 31 days of knitting challenge which is part of the Write 31 Days challenge hosted by Crystal Stine. Don't forget to subscribe and get updates of new posts by email or follow me on social media.

Day 26- The Little Engine that could...

I remember reading this book to my kids and thinking “Sometimes I feel like the little engine". I kept thinking and laughing I think I can, I think I can! I think I can write for 31 days, I think I can keep up with this blog. The good news is, I am keeping it up and getting used to it.

According to Wikepedia, The Little Engine that Could is an illustrated children's book that was first published in the United States in 1930 by Platt & Munk. The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers" Top 100 Books for Children.

If you are are not familiar with The Little Engine that Could book, you should read it. It is fun and delivers a great message for kids and adults. Sometimes in life we fear, we struggle. We take steps back and feel powerless.

But when you are positive and keep trying, you  feel you have the strength to go to the end like the little engine.

Despite the numerous versions of this book, the message is the same. Stay positive, don’t stop and you will accomplish that task.

When I joined the Write31days community, I thought about it several times wondering ....but what if I can’t write? What if I don’t have time to write? What if I start and then quit? But I am not a quitter, that is not me.  

Those questions faded with time and as the weeks went by. Now I am closer to the finish line. 

I understand that no one is born a blogger or writer. You need to build one and practice everyday if you want to become one.

Sometimes, all you have to do is try a different method of doing things. When I started knitting  socks I thought it was too difficult. I couldn’t keep up with 5 double pointed needles. I tried and gave up. A few years later I discovered that you could knit socks using circular needles but that was also confusing. Then I tried using one long circular needle using magic loop and later realized I had to modify the patterns because most sock patterns are written for double pointed needles. But I kept reading and trying and now I very comfortable to knit two socks  at a time using one circular  needle. If I had not tried  different methods, I wouldn’t have learned how to knit socks.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as my kids and I did. Is there anything you think you can’t do but want to do? I will love to hear your story.

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